Biography of Henry Schwab

Since 1928 Henry Schwab has been postmaster of the town of Washington, Rhode Island, discharging the duties of this office with complete efficiency and success. He was born at Providence, Rhode Island, on May 27, 1894, a son of Bernard and Anna (Stark) Schwab, both natives of Germany, and both now deceased. The father was engaged in the grocery business until the time of his death.

Henry Schwab was educated in the public schools of his birthplace and then attended the Technical High School there for two years. After the completion of his educational training, he entered the wholesale grocery business at Providence in which he continued until his appointment as postmaster of Washington, in 1928. In his independent business career he demonstrated his capacity for the direction of affairs and efficient management. These same characteristics have marked his administration of the duties of postmaster. In a period of two years, Mr. Schwab has become an important member of the community at Washington, widely known and very well liked.

After the entrance of the United States into the World War, Mr. Schwab enlisted in his country’s cause on July 15, 1918. He was assigned to Headquarters Company of the 78th Regiment, Field Artillery, 6th Division, and served in France with the American Expeditionary Forces for some months. He was discharged in July, 1919, with the rank of corporal. Mr. Schwab is a member of Robert T. Johnson Post, No. 183, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is past commander of the post. With his wife he worships in the Roman Catholic faith, attending St. James Church of this denomination at West Warwick. He is fond of the outdoor life, and interested in all kinds of sports.

In 1920, Henry Schwab married Anna Dietz, who was born in Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Schwab maintain their residence in this place.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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